How to Relax After a Hectic Day at Work

How to Relax After a Hectic Day at Work

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If it were that easy, you wouldn't be reading this text, would you? Truth be told, after all those hours spent at the office and your mind being occupied with all sorts of meetings, plans, arrangements and constant influx of new information, it is little wonder one has lost the habit of simply turning into free time mode the moment they leave the office building. On the bright side, it's good that you have recognized your need for a good rest, and you are more than ready to try out some of our suggestions.

Dress appropriately

Even though you choose to wear comfortable clothes to work, remove them the moment you get home. They will subconsciously remind you of all the obligations you had to do that day. Have a nice, relaxing shower (or maybe a bubble bath even), and slip into your favorite comfy tracksuit to really feel at home.

Exercise

Depending on what kind of person you are, you can take up different activities. For some, yoga, Pilates or zumba are exactly what they need. Controlled movements in a calm environment or joyously dancing to music have invigorating effects. For the others, there is no better way to shake the stress away than by lifting heavy weights. Feeling physically strong helps you feel good about yourself, and by putting focus on the technique and your movements you are avoiding to think about what you did at work that day.

Unplug and unwind

Follow the latest trend and turn off your mobile phone, or at least switch off the internet. Perhaps you haven't noticed, but we have become too available these days. Try to be out of reach for some time. If anyone really needs you, they can use the landlines. Listen to some music, or read a book or a magazine. Or take a proper nap, without any buzzing around. You will feel refreshed and empowered after having chosen to step away from the world for a while.

Play online games

This is somewhat in contrast to the previous suggestion, but it also works like a charm if you recognize yourself in the following lines. Don't you sometimes need to do some simple activity that isn't too demanding, and yet it has your full attention? Playing games such as online bingo can be very beneficial. It's difficult to immediately step into the state of not thinking too much after a whole day of exchanging information, isn't it? Allow yourself some time to focus on something else completely, and this game playing will erase all the office problems from your mind, so you can focus on something more pleasant later.

Take a walk

You needn't have a lovely park for this activity, though it is desirable. Don't fret if your neighbourhood isn't one of the greenest in the country. Go for a stroll and enjoy the time spent outside. It is extremely soothing for the mind and body. You can go alone, listen to some music, or invite a friend or a family member to join you if you feel like it.

Family and friends

Speaking of which, people are social beings, so if you're feeling a bit low, perhaps you haven't been spending enough quality time with your loved ones. Choose your company carefully, though. If you know in advance the person is going to ramble about their own problems the whole time, you should give up on such energy vampires.

Smile

Seriously, smile. Find a way that will put that curved line on your face. Deliberately go for a funny, feel-good comedy film or series. Watch some YouTube videos which make you smirk, or even laugh out loud. It will do wonders for you.

Meditate

There is something about deep breathing that immediately releases the tension. In case you're inexperienced at this, you can always find some guided meditation video on-line and truly let go.

These would be the least time-consuming and quickest solutions so far. Take your pick, and give it a try. Remember: even de-stressing takes some practice, so start making a habit of this as soon as possible.

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My Best Original Screenplay Oscar Predictions Based Solely On The Writing, As It Should Be

Let's focus on the writing, not the politics.

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The Oscars are almost here, so it's time to make predictions.

Except, if you're like me, you probably haven't seen all the nominated movies. This year, I realized I had not seen any of the films up for Best Original Screenplay. This was a bit of a failure moment for me as a hopeful future screenwriter, but I took the opportunity to do something everyone always says to do when you're learning—read scripts.

I decided to read these scripts and make my predictions based solely on the writing, as it should be. I read each script, then watched the trailer and read a few articles about the movies to answer any questions.

And here's what I decided.

"The Favourite"

I'd heard great things about this movie before reading it, so I was excited to study this screenplay. It was well written, I will be honest, so bravo to Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. But, it still left some to be desired. It definitely has its good qualities and is justified in its being a, well, fan favorite.

Except, the script relied heavily on subtext for commentary. Any narrative, no matter what time period it takes place in, will be held against the current societal environment regardless of intentions. However, it was clear that this film's intentions were to place a female voice in history and in current outlets. Which, of course, is not a bad thing. However, this film does so with disregard for true equality. The female focus is at the men's expense, which is not true equality (but that's an argument for another time).

I actually found the story predictable. The story tried to build suspense around the war, but even that seemed like a second priority to the writers after the love triangle. The script didn't explicitly tell the reader "how to feel," but it was strongly implied by the end.

"First Reformed"

This was a solid film written by Paul Schrader. Each scene really does move the plot forward which is story 101 but still important to note sometimes. Even the scenes that seemed like they would be time fillers allowed for the voice-over narration of Toller's journal.

This voice over was a nice touch of characterization and introduced well in the first scenes. This introduction was so well written, I could see exactly how it would play out, which is textbook screenwriting. The dialogue was believable. The setting description was a good balance and told part of the story too.

But there was that ambiguous, "La La Land"-dream-sequence-ish ending though.

"Green Book"

Okay, this one. This film is important and was skillfully written, so definitely a bravo to Peter Farrelly, Brian Currie, and Nick Vallelonga.

This film spoke to racial equality in the sense of true equality—meeting on the same level. It took place in one of America's shameful times and followed a white man realizing how things really are for those different from him and learning how to use his privilege in a way that helps and not harms. Like Dr. Shirley said, "You never win with violence." And as far as movies nominated in this category based on true stories, this did the best at maintaining the integrity of the original.

The writing was phenomenal. There was a personality in the action. The characterization was shown, not told. This was done through the actions, letters, reactions, how the characters treat others and how other characters treat the main characters. There was evident development in growth in the two main characters Lip and Dr. Shirley. It ended nicely, and the scenes were paced well.

"Roma"

This story would be better as a novel, in my opinion. The descriptions were beautifully written, so much so that every time there was dialogue or a scene change, I was roughly drawn out of the story. For a script, the action was almost too artsy and I could tell that it would be better visually than in writing. There were a few inconsistencies, like how Pepe calls Cleo "mom" in the beginning when Señora Sofia is actually his mom. Of course, this was probably meant to be just a kid crying for his mom when he was tired, but it leads to some confusion going forward when introducing characters.

This film was artfully written by Alfonso Cuarón. Most of the time, there was a good balance between detailed and vague descriptions (except that one part that described the color of the sky even though this is a black and white movie). I was struck by the impactful use of sound descriptions woven into the script, such as the car horn or the plane flying overhead. This was something that was present in the other scripts but didn't make as much of an impact, in my opinion, as it did in "Roma"

"Vice"

Oh goodness, where to begin? Adam McKay begins this script with an indignant tone in the superimposed text saying they "did their f***ing best" to tell a true story. But did they? No. If this Best Original Screenplay award is based on the writing, then "Vice" is shockingly nominated. If it's based on political people-pleasing, then I guess the nomination makes sense. The film is riddled with a bias to the left. It assumes the viewers agree with the flat narrative of the film and that we all see the characters as the one-dimensional people they movie portrays. The film even addressed this bias at the end, but the way they did didn't level the playing field at all, but just pandered to that bias, trying to pick a fight. Well, they shouldn't be dignified with a response, in my opinion.

But I digress. The writing. That's what we're here for.

Unfortunately, even the writing was objectively bad compared to the other scripts. And I don't say that lightly. It read like a school project that was completed the night before it was due. There were typos everywhere (notably, "due" was spelled "do"). The story and scenes seemed willy-nilly thrown together with the only goal of pushing an opinion. The framework and organization were centered around how best to convince the viewer of McKay's views, not tell the story. It's a very serious subject that's covered here and could've been handled better instead of this script that reads like a comedy with political propaganda tendencies.

And now, my predictions for best original screenplay go to...

I'll break this down into categories.

My favorite: "Green Book."

What should win: "Green Book."

What will probably win: "The Favourite."

They all have a chance, but if "Vice" wins, then what are we all here for? The writing, or politics?

The other films all had their stance in politics without taking away from the story being told. "The Favourite" was female-driven with LGBT aspects and classist themes while telling the story of Queen Anne and her ladies. "First Reformed" critiqued megachurch culture, environmental activism, and big business while telling Toller's story of grief. "Green Book" also had some classist themes and attacked racist tendencies in a way that can educate and change minds by telling a historical story. "Roma" was the story of a family set in cultural and political context. But "Vice" was just about politics and not the story.

Let's focus on the stories. Let's focus on the writing.

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Serviced Apartments: Fast-Growing Field in Business

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Hotel industry is going through some tough times, since other accommodation options seem to be gaining on popularity. Indeed, the demand for them is so high that it outweighs the offer of this niche industry. That's why serviced apartments by VISIONAPARTMENTS and the like are so quickly booked nowadays. Given the benefits of serviced apartments, it's little wonder more and more people are choosing to stay in one of them. Here are just some of the reasons for the incredible success of serviced apartments industry.

Business benefits

It's not just the fact that all hotels are pretty much the same after some time and that corporate travelers get tired of similar spaces. The main advantage of an apartment is that a person can actually do some work in them. There's usually a proper desk, while in a hotel room the process of final touches on the presentation is done uncomfortably sitting on the bed, with a laptop in your lap. That's not the most convenient way of doing business, is it?

Also, hotels can be crowded at times, which roughly translates as not having a proper Wi-Fi connection in your room. On the other hand, there are no such issues in a serviced apartment.

More spacious

This is especially important if you are staying somewhere for several days. An apartment has separate rooms and areas, which basically gives you a greater feeling of ease. It's more practical and enjoyable. The feature is especially appreciated by people who often travel on business. They tend to feel quite nostalgic, so they find an apartment accommodation much more suitable and relaxing.

Flexibility is the key

When you're staying in an apartment, you don't have to pay attention to when you eat, or when the cleaning service is going to knock on your door. There is no pressure to have your meals or leave your room at certain times.

Guests and privacy

Compared to a hotel, a serviced apartment definitely gives you more privacy concerning who you invite over. They are also more convenient for entertaining your guests, whoever they are. It feels better to invite clients over to a room without a bed, doesn't it? As well as that, you can use the apartment's facilities to cook a meal and invite friends living in the town you're visiting. You needn't rely on of pressure them to organize a gathering. You can do it, too.

Money matters

This is one battle that hotels can never win. A serviced apartment is always more affordable than a hotel room. Let's take a look at what you get for a lower price.While in a hotel there is only a one room, an apartment has several. A hotel charges per person, while an apartment is rented per day, no matter how many people are going to stay. You don't pay extra for the internet or the air conditioning either. Food and laundry are much cheaper as well.

Food options

Not all hotels offer lunch and dinner, or even if they do, they're not included in the price and are quite expensive. Most hotel guests are lured into spending on hotel meals due to restaurant proximity. Eventually, they end up with quite a bill.
In contrast, you are more encouraged to either cook a simple meal on your own, or eat out in a place whose prices are below the hotel ones, and the service is the same or even better. One can always opt for an apartment in an area filled with restaurants or fast food places.

Laundry

Another benefit of serviced apartments is the flexibility regarding laundry. You can do it on your own, and you needn't pay for a simple act such as removing the stain off your shirt, for instance. In case you're planning on staying for a longer period, doing the laundry can be quite a hassle at a hotel. In serviced apartments, though, it's a whole different story.
Bearing in mind the above mentioned advantages, we can only expect for this business field to grow even more in the times to come. The price and service quality ratio is pretty amazing.

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